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C-Murder: 5 Things About Master P’s Brother Who Kim Kardashian Is Trying To Free From Prison

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Nearly two decades after C-Murder was sentenced to life in prison for murder, Kim Kardashian claims there’s ‘evidence of his potential innocence,’ and vows to free the rapper. Here’s what you need to know.

Kim Kardashian took the next steps in her crusade to reform the American criminal justice system on Sunday by announcing she is going to work to free Corey Miller – aka C-Murder – from jail. The 49-year-old brother of Master P has been behind bars since 2009, serving a life sentence for the 2002 shooting of then-16-year-old Steven Thomas at the Platinum Club in New Orleans. “On January 18, 2002, a tragedy occurred when a young man [Thomas] was killed. The next day Corey Miller was arrested for the murder,” tweeted Kim on Aug. 16. “The jury convicted Corey 10-2, and he was sentenced to life in prison. If his trial was today, the jury would have had to be unanimous for him to be convicted. Since his trial, witnesses have recanted, new evidence of his potential innocence has come to light, and there are claims of jurors being pressured into voting to convict.”

“True justice for the young man requires that the person who actually killed him be held responsible and that Corey Miller he returned home to his kids,” added Kim. “My heart goes out to the family of Steve Thomas. I can only imagine how hard this is, and my intention is never to open up this painful wound but to help find the truth behind this tragedy.” As Kim rallies support for the #FreeCoreyMiller movement, here’s what you need to know.

1. Kim is working with Corey’s ex, Monica, to free him. Unfortunately, when a celebrity takes up a cause, their fame often overshadows the work that other, non-famous activists have done for decades. Kim made sure this wouldn’t be the case. When announcing her support for #FreeCoreyMiller, she made sure to note that she’s partnering with a handful of experts to set Corey free: Jessica Jackson, a human rights attorney and co-founder of #cut50, a “bipartisan effort to cut crime and incarceration across all 50 states,” according to its website; Erin Haney, who lists herself as the Policy Director at the REFORM Alliance and Senior counsel at #cut50; and singer Monica.

Monica, 39, was romantically involved with C-Murder before his conviction, and on Aug. 10, she announced that she was going to help free him. “You are not alone,” she posted to her Instagram Story, per BET. “The fight is about to change because you will not fight alone! Your daughter and TRU family deserve to have you with them! I’m about to be on some other sh-t.”

2. Corey was first convicted in 2003 but was granted a retrial in 2009. Corey was first convicted of murder in 2003, but, as The Times-Picayune reported in 2009, Judge Martha Sassone gave him a retrial after his attorneys argued that “prosecutors withheld criminal background information on three of their witnesses.” The results weren’t any different: a jury found him guilty. Yet, the 10-2 decision raised questions of whether non-unanimous jury verdicts are constitutional. At the time, only Oregon and Louisiana were the only states that allowed convictions by 10-2 jury verdicts in certain criminal cases.

3. Witnesses in the case have changed their story. Kenneth Jordan, a witness in the case, said in 2018 that he was lying when he told police that he saw Corey shoot Steven during the fatal Platinum Club brawl, per The New Orleans Advocate. Kenneth claimed investigators threatened to charge him with the killing of his infant child — whose death was supposedly under investigation at the time — if he didn’t identify C-Murder as the shooter. Another witness, a club security guard named Darnell Jordan, said he was also tricked into testifying against Miller.

4. Corey attempted to get another retrial in 2019 but was denied. A year after those witnesses recanted, Miller’s legal team argued that his conviction should be thrown out, or that he should be given another chance to argue his case in court. Judge Steven Enright of the 24th Judicial District Court ruled that Miller “did not meet the burden of proof for post-conviction relief,” per The New Orleans Advocate. Judge Enright wrote that recantations of previous testimony are “highly suspicious” and that “a new trial should not be granted on the basis of a recantation because it is tantamount to perjury so as to discredit the witness at a later trial.”

Judge Enright also claimed that Kenneth Jordan’s claims were not credible because he didn’t provide any evidence, beyond his word, that he was arrested or under investigation for his child’s death. The judge also pointed out that Darnell Jordan testified consistently in both 2003 and 2009, and that it “goes against the petitioner’s claim that Darnell Jordan was tricked into testifying as he did.”

5. Corey is a father. Corey, as C-Murder, initially gained fame as part of his No Limit Records, the label run by his brother, Master P. C-Murder was a member of TRU, the label’s supergroup, but he would find success as a solo artist. He has continued to release music while incarcerated, including 2005’s The Truest Sh-t I Ever Said, 2009’s Screamin’ 4 Vengeance, 2009’s Calliope Click, and 2015’s Ain’t No Heaven In The Pen.

Corey was previously married to Dionne Miller, per IMDB. He’s also a father of three girls. His official Instagram account shared a picture of him with his daughters on Aug. 16. “My Girls My WORLD @alexischelsea @co.miller & @chanellemill I fight daily for you! I’m sorry I haven’t been there. 19 years has been hard on us all, but I’m honored to be your father! You have never left me & I am proud of the women you have become!”

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Netflix is developing a live action ‘Assassin’s Creed’ show

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Netflix announced this morning that it’s partnering with Ubisoft to adapt the game publisher’s “Assassin’s Creed” franchise into a live action series.

The franchise jumps around in history, telling the story of a secret society of assassins with “genetic memory” and their centuries-long battle the knights templar. It has sold 155 million games worldwide and was also turned into a nearly incomprehensible 2016 film starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, which underperformed at the box office.

The companies say that they’re currently looking for a showrunner. Jason Altman and Danielle Kreinik of Ubisoft’s film and television division will serve as executive producers. (In addition to working on adaptations of Ubisoft’s intellectual property, the publisher is also involved in the Apple TV+ industry comedy “Mythic Quest.”)

“We’re excited to partner with Ubisoft and bring to life the rich, multilayered storytelling that Assassin’s Creed is beloved for,” said Netflix’s vice president of original series Peter Friedlander in a statement. “From its breathtaking historical worlds and massive global appeal as one of the best selling video game franchises of all time, we are committed to carefully crafting epic and thrilling entertainment based on this distinct IP and provide a deeper dive for fans and our members around the world to enjoy.”

It sounds like there could be follow-up shows as well, with the announcement saying that Netflix and Ubisoft will “tap into the iconic video game’s trove of dynamic stories with global mass appeal for adaptations of live action, animated, and anime series.”

Netflix recently placed an eight-episode order for “Resident Evil,” another video game franchise that was previously adapted for the big screen. And it also had a big hit with its adaptation of “The Witcher,” which is based on a fantasy book series that was popularized via video games.

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Original Content podcast: ‘Lovecraft Country’ is gloriously bonkers

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As we tried to recap the first season of HBO’s “Lovecraft Country,” one thing became clear: The show is pretty nuts.

The story begins by sending Atticus “Tic” Freeman (Jonathan Majors), his friend Leti Lewis (Jurnee Smolett) and his uncle George (Courtney B. Vance) on a road trip across mid-’50s America in search of Tic’s missing father. You might assume that the search will occupy the entire season, or take even longer than that; instead, the initial storyline is wrapped up quickly.

And while there’s a story running through the whole season, most of the episodes are relatively self-contained, offering their own versions on various horror and science fiction tropes. There’s a haunted house episode, an Indiana Jones episode, a time travel episode and more.

The show isn’t perfect — the writing can be clunky, the special effects cheesy and cheap-looking. But at its best, it does an impressive job of mixing increasingly outlandish plots, creepy monsters (with plentiful gore) and a healthy dose of politics.

After all, “Lovecraft Country” (adapted form a book by Matt Ruff) is named after notoriously racist horror writer H.P. Lovecraft, but it focuses almost entirely on Black characters, making the case that old genres can be reinvigorated with diverse casts and a rethinking of political assumptions.

In addition to reviewing the show, the latest episode of the Original Content podcast also includes a discussion of Netflix earnings, the new season of “The Bachelorette” and the end of Quibi.

You can listen in the player below, subscribe using Apple Podcasts or find us in your podcast player of choice. If you like the show, please let us know by leaving a review on Apple. You can also follow us on Twitter or send us feedback directly. (Or suggest shows and movies for us to review!)

And if you’d like to skip ahead, here’s how the episode breaks down:
0:00 Intro
0:36 Netflix discussion
3:18 “The Bachelorette”
6:30 Quibi
14:35 “Lovecraft Country” review
31:32 “Lovecraft Country” spoiler discussion

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The short, strange life of Quibi

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“All that is left now is to offer a profound apology for disappointing you and, ultimately, for letting you down,” Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman wrote, closing out an open letter posted to Medium. “We cannot thank you enough for being there with us, and for us, every step of the way.”

With that, the founding executives confirmed the rumors and put Quibi to bed, a little more than six months after launching the service.

Starting a business is an impossibly difficult task under nearly any conditions, but even in a world that’s littered with high-profile failures, the streaming service’s swan song was remarkable for both its dramatically brief lifespan and the amount of money the company managed to raise (and spend) during that time.

A month ahead of its commercial launch, Quibi announced that it had raised another $750 million. That second round of funding brought the yet-to-launch streaming service’s funding up to $1.75 billion — roughly the same as the gross domestic product of Belize, give or take $100 million.

“We concluded a very successful second raise which will provide Quibi with a strong cash runway,” CFO Ambereen Toubassy told the press at the time. “This round of $750 million gives us tremendous flexibility and the financial wherewithal to build content and technology that consumers embrace.”

Quibi’s second funding round brought the yet-to-launch streaming service’s funding up to $1.75 billion — roughly the same as the gross domestic product of Belize, give or take $100 million.

From a financial perspective, Quibi had reason to be hopeful. Its fundraising ambitions were matched only by the aggressiveness with which it planned to spend that money. At the beginning of the year, Whitman touted the company’s plans to spend up to $100,000 per minute of programming — $6 million per hour. The executive proudly contrasted the jaw-dropping sum to the estimated $500 to $5,000 an hour spent by YouTube creators.

For Whitman and Katzenberg — best known for their respective reigns at HP and Disney — money was key to success in an already crowded marketplace. $1 billion was a drop in the bucket compared to the $17.3 billion Netflix was expected to spend on original content in 2020, but it was a start.

Following in the footsteps of Apple, who had also recently announced plans to spend $1 billion to launch its own fledgling streaming service, the company was enlisting A-List talent, from Steven Spielberg, Guillermo del Toro and Ridley Scott to Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Lopez and LeBron James. If your name carried any sort of clout in Hollywood boardrooms, Quibi would happily cut you a check, seemingly regardless of content specifics.

Quibi’s strategy primarily defined itself by itself by its constraints. In hopes of attracting younger millennial and Gen Z, the company’s content would be not just mobile-first, but mobile-only. There would be no smart TV app, no Chromecast or AirPlay compatibility. Pricing, while low compared to the competition, was similarly off-putting. After a 90-day free trial, $4.99 got you an ad-supported subscription. And boy howdy, were there ads. Ads upon ads. Ads all the way down. Paying another $3 a month would make them go away.

Technological constraints and Terms of Service fine print forbade screen shots — a fundamental understanding of how content goes viral in 2020 (though, to be fair, one shared with other competing streaming services). Amusingly, the inability to share content led to videos like this one of director Sam Raimi’s perplexingly earnest “The Golden Arm.”

It features a built-on laugh track from viewers as Emmy winner Rachel Brosnahan lies in a hospital bed after refusing to remove a golden prosthetic. It’s an allegory, surely, but not one intentionally played for laughs. Many of the videos that did ultimately make the rounds on social media were regarded as a curiosity — strange artifacts from a nascent streaming service that made little sense on paper.

Most notable of all, however, were the “quick bites” that gave the service its confusingly pronounced name. Each program would be served in 5-10 minute chunks. The list included films acquired by the service, sliced up into “chapters.” Notably, the service didn’t actually purchase the content outright; instead, rights were set to revert to their creators after seven years. Meanwhile, after two years, content partners were able to “reassemble” the chunks back into a movie for distribution.

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